Lower Rhine Niers River

The small river Niers flows largely through the Lower Rhine region. Only about 15 kilometers of the total of 114 river kilometers are in the Netherlands.

The source of the Niers was at Kuckum near the city of Erkelenz. From there, the Niers flows very leisurely to the mouth of the Meuse, which is near the Dutch city of Gennep. Today the Niers is primarily fed with pump water.

Niers River

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Niers Small River

In the past, the river Niers was fed by 3 natural sources alone. Today, however, the water of the Niers comes mainly from the pumped-off groundwater from the nearby lignite mine. From the south (source), the Niers flows north through numerous towns and cities in the region of the Lower Rhine. These include Mönchengladbach, Viersen, Wachtendonk, Straelen, Geldern, Kevelaer, Weeze and Goch.

In addition to beautiful natural landscapes, there are also numerous sights along the Niers. So hikers, paddlers or cyclists who are walking along the Niers can find some historic watermills as well as beautiful old manor houses and castles. Not to be forgotten are the beautiful natural sites on the Niers.

Today, the Niers is also home to numerous plants and animals that can be found in the Niers and on its banks. If the Niers was already considered a dead river at the time of industrialization, today fish, small animals and numerous plants live again in the Niers due to the improved water quality. The water quality of the Niers is currently (as of 2010) assessed with quality classes II and II-III, which means the Niers is low, moderately polluted in some places and still has good oxygen saturation. (Source: Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit) Constant controls are carried out and the water quality will be further improved in the future due to further restoration measures and the construction of further sewage treatment plants.

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On the Niers you can find beautiful trees, some of these are ancient, as well as wetlands or floodplain forests. Various migratory birds stop at the banks of the Niers. However, native birds can also be seen on the Niers. Herons, as well as various species of birds of prey, and also crows and wild geese can be seen in different places. The nature and the landscape along the Niers are very different and therefore offer a home to various animals. The motto “go out to the Niers” should often be put into practice, because the Niers is always an experience, and not only for anglers who see the Niers as a popular fishing area.

This map shows the small river Niers who flows largely through the Lower Rhine region.

Niers River

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Niers Small River

The Niersaue, the area along the river Niers that stretches from Grefrath and Wachtendonk to almost the city of Geldern, is characterized by willows, individual magnificent trees and rows of trees. The flat landscape, characterized by pastures, fields and small forest areas, invites you to take long walks or bike tours.
Another alternative to experience nature is offered by canoe tours on the Niers. If you keep your eyes open, you can spot numerous birds along the Niers. For example, the marsh reed warbler likes to nest in high perennials that grow on the banks of the Niers and Trenches.

Furthermore, the Niers is a paddling area in many places, anglers will find numerous fishing spots and both hikers and cyclists will be happy to use the cycling and hiking trails located directly on the Niers.

Numerous sections of the Niers have already been renatured and give the river a natural course. Other routes are still straightened, but they still offer numerous attractions and nature experiences.

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